A sexual assault victim faced her attacker in court and
described how his "depravity" had robbed her of her
Reefton man Trevor Stanley Arnesen, 57, sat impassively in
the dock yesterday as he was sentenced to four and a half
years' jail on five charges of indecent assault, two of
unlawful intercourse, one of unlawful anal intercourse and
one of plying the eight-year-old victim with cannabis before
engaging in sexual acts.
A Greymouth District Court jury found that Arnesen had
committed the offences on a girl aged between eight and 12
years, from 1988 to 1992.
All charges were 'representative' as the Crown alleged that
the unlawful sex occurred at last twice weekly over almost
The complainant, now 32, read her victim impact report to the
She said the offending had caused great physical and
It impacted on her ability to succeed at school, limiting her
employment opportunities, she suffered post-traumatic stress,
had episodes of depression and had attempted suicide due to
low self-esteem and self-worth.
"I have had to live with all the shame and guilt, even though
it was not mine to carry."
Addressing Arnesen directly, the woman said: "I find it
beyond belief that you show absolutely no remorse for what
you have done."
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Arnesen denied the offending, and
Judge David Saunders said that was apparent.
"I note that you are shaking your head and clearly are still
in denial," the judge said to the offender.
The jury had heard that Arnesen had been convicted of similar
offences in Invercargill and had a propensity to offend
against young girls.
After a trial at Invercargill in 1995 he was sentenced to
eight years' jail.
As the Reefton offences preceded the Invercargill offending
Judge Saunders said he was bound by the totality principle.
Had the Invercargill judge also been sentencing on the
Reefton charges the sentence would not have been more than 12
years, so he could only impose four and a half years.
Judge Saunders said that if Arnesen continued his denial he
would have a difficult job convincing the Parole Board that
he was not an undue risk to the community.
- Greymouth Star